salt of the earth, the

salt of the earth, the

The best or noblest of their kind, as in These campers are the salt of the earth. This metaphoric term was used by Jesus for those who were persecuted for being loyal to him (Matthew 5:13) and has been repeated ever since.
See also: of, salt
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For the past ten years Vicky, aged 63, has been a major fundraiser for Salt of the Earth, the UK charity which works with people living in 450 villages in Tamil Nadu, an arid region south of the Bay of Bengal.
If the genre produced few pictures that stand up over time, it did allow for some gripping dramas, such as Lumet's Fail Safe, and some striking moments of refreshingly unabashed agitprop, such as Salt of the Earth, the banned 1954 union film calling on the workers of the New World to unite.